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FUT2 Variants Confer Susceptibility to Familial Otitis Media

Researchers have found multiple genetic variants within the FUT2 gene that makes some people especially susceptible to middle ear infections. Middle ear infections are very common in kids. By the time they are 1-year-old around half of the fever, ear pain or pus/fluid in the middle ear due to infection.

Some of these infections may recur or become chronic thus requiring surgery. The FUT2 gene is expressed in the salivary gland, colon, and lungs but its expression in the middle ear has not been previously reported.

To Investigate The Prevalence Of Depression Among Diabetics & Glycemic Control

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic noncommunicable disease characterized by hyperglycemia and is associated with chronic disorders affecting the overall quality of life. As of 2017, the prevalence of diabetes in Lebanon is estimated to be 14.6%.

Depression is noted to be common among Lebanese citizens, present in around 17.3%. This study aims to investigate the prevalence of depression among diabetics and their relationship with poor glycemic control and diabetes.

Role Of Schwann Cells In Nerve Regeneration

In Canada, approximately 3% of all traumatic injuries result in nerve damage resulting in many patients suffering from lifelong sensorimotor impairments. In severe cases, patients will undergo nerve repair surgery but this surgery is often delayed for months after the original injury.

This means that at the time of surgery, the injury to the nerve cells has occurred. The study was published in the journal Cell Reports.